April 28, 2013

Lacrosse dominates Geneseo, clinches No. 2 seed

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men’s lacrosse team gained a measure of revenge Saturday afternoon.

Following back-to-back losses to Geneseo to close out the 2012 season, the Cardinals turned the tables with a 14-5 victory in SUNY Athletic Conference play at the Field House Lacrosse Complex.

Plattsburgh held a 7-4 lead after three periods when it went on a 7-1 run in the fourth to pull away.

The win marks the just the third time in program history the Cardinals have defeated conference rival Geneseo. The Cardinals’ last victory against the Blue Knights was a 10-9 decision on April 27, 2002 – exactly 11 years ago to the day.

With the win, the Cardinals finish the regular season with a 13-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in league play. Plattsburgh State will enter the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed.

Geneseo drops to 5-8 on the year and 2-4 in the SUNYAC.

It took both teams time to settle in with the first goal of the game not coming until the 3:30 mark of the first quarter. Geneseo’s Zach Yehl scored his fifth of the year to give the Blue Knights the 1-0 lead.

Plattsburgh State’s Brendan Damm retaliated at the 1:02 mark to tie it up before Nick Travers scored an unassisted goal with 38 seconds left in the quarter, giving the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way.

Damm struck again at 12:36 of the second quarter with an assist going to Charlie Dullea on the Cardinals’ third goal of the afternoon. Cole Andersen gave the Cardinals a three-goal edge with the first of two goals at the 9:55 mark, closing out the scoring for the first half.

Geneseo’s Tim Burgess opened the scoring in the second half with an unassisted goal to cut the Plattsburgh State lead to two at 14:17 of the third. Travers answered back with his second of the game at 13:06 but Yehl countered for the Blue Knights at 11:55 to make it a 5-3 game in favor of the Cardinals.

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